Biggest Pop, RVD Returning, WWE HoF On Cable, WM30 Match Order, 33 Is Young In Pro Wrestling

What's the biggest pop you can remember for as long as you've been running Wrestling News World?

I started my full-time career with in May 2007 and the largest pop I've covered so far has been for CM Punk at WWE Money in the Bank 2011. Punk was fresh off one of the greatest promos in WWE history with his pipe bomb and the reception he received from his home crowd was amazing.

What's happened to Rob Van Dam?

Rob Van Dam worked a 90-day short-term contract with WWE last year and is expected back this month. The only question seems to be if he'll be used at Wrestlemania 30 as a surprise entrant in the 30-man Andre the Giant Battle Royal or if the company will wait until after the pay-per-view to restart on him. Both ideas have been pitched, however, his return is considered imminent.

Will the 2014 WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony air on cable? I know it's available in its entirety on the WWE Network.

A one hour special of the 2014 WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony is scheduled to air next Monday immediately following Raw on the USA Network. The ceremony will air live in its entirety on Saturday at 9 PM ET on WWE Network. A live red carpet arrival show hosted by Michael Cole and Renee Young will precede it at 8 PM ET, also on the WWE Network.

If you were booking Wrestlemania 30, would you start the show with Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H, with Bryan going over and then put the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match to close the show?

I expect there to be plenty of space between Triple H vs. Daniel Bryan and the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at Wrestlemania 30 for obvious reasons, however, I cannot confirm when they will occur on the card. It's certainly reasonable to assume the former will open and latter will close but it's not set in stone either. We do have details on the current favorites to go over in each match at this link.

What was with Rey Mysterio's comments about Tyson Kidd? I don't understand how he can say someone that's 33 hasn't gotten their opportunity.

Tyson Kidd hasn't gotten his opportunity. He's been utilized as a tag team worker (a one time World tag team champion and a one time WWE tag team champion) and in forgettable undercard programs but he hasn't been given an opportunity with a legitimate singles run in WWE. Kidd is right along with people like Dolph Ziggler in terms of talent that have tremendous upside potential. 33 might seem old to you but it's not in pro wrestling. Cesaro is 33, Daniel Bryan is 32 (will be 33 next month), Dolph Ziggler is 33, even Bad News Barrett himself is 33. Not everyone can be like Bray Wyatt and get such a big push at 26-years-old. It's the norm for WWE not to start on someone until their 30s.

From the Ask WNW vault…

July 2012: What has the reaction been like in WWE to the monster rating the 1000th Raw the show did? Do you think Vince McMahon looks at it as people having renewed interest or just a one time fluke? - WWE is thrilled with the rating of the 1000th episode of Raw and they should be. As we talked about here in Ask WNW, the company immediately issued a press release to tout the success of the large viewership. I have not heard from sources close to Vince McMahon what he thought and would be scared to speculate, however, I feel it shows the audience is still there. Whether or not that audience tunes in weekly or buys the monthly pay-per-views all has to do with the quality of the product. The company showed with Wrestlemania XXVIII they could get people to buy their product. WWE should strive to make every show “must-see programming,” treating them as a “big deal” to spark interest. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying pay-per-views are going to go be able to compete with Wrestlemania or weekly TVs can exceed the viewership of the biggest show to date but there is a large differential in the averages and these spikes. If WWE were to make their shows of more importance, I feel it could significantly boost ratings. This will, however, be very challenging by trying to come up with three hours of live TV each week.

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  • alexander fitzgerald

    Biggest pop for me has to go to, when Goldberg beat Hogan for the world title in WCW

    • guy guyington

      For me stone cold at wrestlemania 17 …

  • sam

    Biggest pop for me was Austin’s return to help Foley win the WWE Championship on Raw.

    • Anthony

      You took the words right out of my mouth.

      • Evon Callaway Bitterweed Reese

        Thank you so much for posting this.

        • Anthony

          You’re very welcome. I love this video. The pops at the glass break and the three count are amazing.

          • Evon Callaway Bitterweed Reese

            Yes it was awesome.

    • Kev

      Also pretty much ended the Monday Night War. If I remember right, Bisch gave this away so everyone watching Nitro switched over and I don’t think Nitro ever beat Raw in the Ratings again.

  • _JIM_

    The biggest pop that I think I have ever heard was also back in WCW, but it was when Sting finally beat Hollywood Hogan for the WCW Championship. It wasn’t in a huge building like the Georgia Dome where Goldberg beat Hogan, but the reaction by the fans was totally off the charts. Just because they had been waiting for over a year for it to happen. It was a case of slow burn booking just like what WWE is doing with Bryan. I’m thinking the reaction on Sunday, if Bryan does finally go over and win the Championship, will beat the pops both of the matches I mentioned by a mile.

    When it comes to the order and placement of Bryan’s matches on the card. For storyline purposes it would make sense to have those matches be the last two of the night. Just because The Authority could have it as an insurance policy. That if Bryan would happen to beat Hunter. He would then immediately have to have his Championship match. Even though he would have just had a match and would be beaten up and tired from it. That would also make Bryan’s, achievement seem that much greater if they were to put him over in the Championship match. It would really make him look strong, and would also be a cool way of putting the title on him after everything he has been through along the way to finally winning it. If he is, in reality, physically able to pull two big time matches off in a row. It would be an awesome way to end the show, and it would make fans wait as long as possible for it to happen. I think I’d prefer it if they did do it this way if Bryan is physically able to do it. Which I have no doubt that he could. As long as he was able to avoid being legitimately injured during one of the matches.

    • Vin Sidious

      But real-life physical limitations aside, storyline-wise, why would Hunter want to go 2nd to last, since he plans on winning and then being in the title match? That would handicap him in the title match, as much as it would Bryan.

  • Kevin

    Can’t remember a bigger pop than 2002 return of HHH at MSG

    • Bob’s Diner

      I can remember about 20

      • BIG M

        Name 5.

        • Bob’s Diner

          Ric Flair’s return to WCW in September 1998
          Bret Hart’s entrance at In Your House: Calgary Stampede, July 1997
          CM Punk winning the title at Money in the Bank 2011
          Hulk Hogan throwing The Rock down from their first lockup at WrestleMania X8
          Just about any Steve Austin entrance

          • BIG M

            You realize off course you just named the very pop you said wasn’t the biggest one you ever heard.

          • Bob’s Diner

            Huh? When did I ever say any of these weren’t the biggest I’ve ever heard??

          • BIG M

            Sorry misread the your above comment didn’t realize it was a reply thought you were saying you heard 20 bigger pops than Punk in 2011.

  • Ken

    In terms of biggest pops, the top five that come to mind would be in the following order:
    #1: Triple H returning to Madison Square Garden in 2002
    #2: CM Punk in Chicago at MITB 2011
    #3: John Cena returning at Royal Rumble 2008
    #4: Eddie Guerrero winning WWE Championship at NWO 2004
    #5: Edge returning at Royal Rumble 2010

    Those are just my picks and we’ve all got ours.

    • Malboja

      Rvd when he cashed in at one night stand
      He owned the whole building

  • Terrell

    I was in Chicago in August of 1999 when Chris Jericho made his WWE debut. Loudest pop I’ve ever heard at any sporting event

  • Bob’s Diner

    We’re all busy discussing crowd reactions and we’ve missed something important – someone actually thinks just because some is of a certain age, they must have been given ample opportunity to show their merits as a performer.

    Exposure has nothing to do with someone’s age.

  • Dave

    The black kid that jumps up and down when Ron Simmons beat Vader is quite the pop and always makes me laugh!

  • Charlie Crimefighter Hovey

    Wrestlemania 30 when Daniel Bryan wins the title and 80 thousand ppl and millions more are going crazy chanting yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes will be the biggest pop ever!!

    • Bob’s Diner

      Or WrestleMania 30 when Daniel Bryan doesn’t win the title and 80 thousand sit there and go ‘oh… that was a bummer’

      • Cubed56

        Lol, I agree. I really don’t think DB is gonna walk out of WM as champ. People fail to realize they are giving everyone one thing they want in more then likely having DB in the title match, there is no guarantee he wins the thing. Imo Batista who came back for the title and has it written in his contract, will probably walk out champ.

        • Bob’s Diner

          Couldn’t agree more. It is funny seeing so many people convinced he is going to win the title just because he’s been added to the match. Despite, you know, WWE trying everything in their power to NOT have to add him to that match. I can’t wait to see the reaction to HHH helping Batista win the title… and then Raw the next night when they both try to cut promos for 20 minutes.

        • BigMike

          if the title is given to that crybaby bitch Batista, WWE Universe will prob revolt and break website. The people would rather have the mouth breather HHH as champ before Batista or even Orton retaining than have Dave win it

          • Guest

            What??? Batista is Awesome! Youre just a hater! Gtfoh!

        • Guest

          Why do idiots like you ASSUME sh#t like Fact, then run with it like it really is fact. Just like yall kept saying this will be Undertakers last Wrestlemania. I dont hear yall saying that now. Back then, I asked for proof…nobody had it.

          Now Im asking again. Somebody(especially you) show me Batistas contract and show me the part where it says he is PROMISED a world title win…and I will apologize.

  • DW

    That age question is how alllll questions should be. Granted the match order question was a good one, best pops as well. But I feel like not that many people new the age question. And it was a big ohhhhh moment for me when I read it. Unique questions> Things they can google.

  • Venom

    The reason WWE doesn’t push younger guys is thanks to Brock Lesnar. He became the youngest WWE champion at 25 and then walked out on the company when it came time to push other wrestlers. While WWE may have pushed Randy Orton after Evolution when he beat Benoit and became WHC at 24, it was more to let him beat Brock’s record. It was only a 1 month reign and he was humbled for a few years. They even coined the term Ortoned when a person gets pushed to world title and out of nowhere loses it and out of the title picture like when edge cashed in. I blame this all on Lesnar hence why for the last decade only a few people have been in main event picture.

  • John

    Austin helping Mankind win the WWE title was easily the biggest pop of all time, followed by British Bulldog winning the Intercontinental title at SummerSlam.

    • opie

      That pop at Wembley was huge, but I have to go with Triple H’s return in 2002 at MSG. If anyone doubts whether Triple H was “The Guy”, they need only watch that one video.

      • BigMike

        HHH was never the guy IMO; he was always in the right place at the right time, had the right BFF (( HBK)) and married right. He is a solid worker BUT had it not been for his friends with their pull and who he married, he would have been a solid mid card worker. ALSO his pop at MSG was well, it was MSG and he was off for almost a year and it was hyped and built and MSG a Hogan pop, Rock, Austin, any HUGE megastar will Pop and blow the roof off

  • Gary Robert

    I think Hogan had huge pops in his match against Rock at Mania. Also, just off the top of my head RVD pinning Cena for the title at Hammerstein Ballroom was massive, too. And yes, Chicago was insane for Punk that night.

  • Gary Robert

    …and not for nothing, when Ziggler cashed in on Del Rio, that was a pretty great reaction, also. The crowd was crazy the whole night, though. Just one of those nights, but I love the video of him finally pinning Del Rio.

  • Rikardovgv

    Everytime I here a pop like the ones you all have mentioned, it’s like hearing the GONG! every year at WM, asking yourself if that’s the last time you’re gonna witness that moment in time.

  • Evon Callaway Bitterweed Reese

    One of the best pops was when Bryan turned against The Wyatt’s. It was pretty cool hearing all those yes! Yes! Yes!